Northern Tasmanian builders walked away grinning from the 2017 Master Builders Tasmania Awards for Excellence, with one company walking away with the Commercial Builder of the Year award.
More than $144 million of commercial buildings and homes has been built in the last 12 months by Master Builders Tasmania members.
Master Builders’ Association of Tasmania executive director Michael Kerschbaum said northern master builders did “exceptionally well” as the association received more than 90 entries.
“It was a great night. We like to acknowledge hard work,” Mr Kerschbaum said.
“It’s not about who has the best design, views or appliances ...it’s just to do with the workmanship.”
The judges considered the difficulty of the site and the complexity of the work as well as the workmanship in their decision, Mr Kerschbaum said.
A successful night at the awards could prove a boon for some companies as they could use the accolade in their marketing and also acknowledge their staff’s dedication, he said.
Many of the categories were “hotly contested”, which was positive as it showed the master builders were “fostering excellence”, Mr Kerschbaum said.
Fairbrother Construction took out the Commercial Builder of the Year Award, while also winning five categories from its 16 entries.
The categories included the renovation/fitout $1 million to $5 million category for Lady Gowrie Tasmania, and new construction - $5 million to $10 million category for work completed at Kings Meadows High School.
General manger Kurt Arnold said it was a special night for the company, which now employed more than 200 people across the state.
“It’s a testament to the hardwork, dedication and skills our people apply to their work,” Mr Arnold said.
The awards helped to recognise the quality work of staff, from apprentices to management, he said.
There was plenty of opportunities around the state for builders “which is keeping our crew occupied”, Mr Arnold said.
“Launceston is in quite a good state … [the market] has been a bit fickle for the last five years,” he said.
Vos Construction and Joinery took out multiple categories including for its work on St Lukes Health Launceston in the renovation/fitout – under $1 million category and the new construction - $2 million to $5 million category for its Launceston Health Hub project.
The awards were presented in front of an eager crowd at a Gala dinner held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart on Saturday night.
Northern Builders successful at the Master Builders Tasmania Awards for Excellence 2017
Residential Construction – Winners:
Renovation / Addition - under $200,000 – Barwick Developments Pty Ltd – Dhanaraj Residence, Launceston
Dwelling Construction - under $200,000 –Wigg Homes and Construction – Rose Gold Residence, Perth
Dwelling Construction - $350,000 to $500,000 – Streefland Homes and Developments, 29 Juliana West Launceston
Commercial Projects – Winners:
New Construction under $1 million – Anstie Constructions (Tas) Pty Ltd – Blue Derby Pods Ride
New Construction - $5 million to $10 million – Fairbrother Construction – Kings Meadows High School
New Construction – $1 Million to $2 Million – Fairbrother Construction – Lauderdale Primary School
New Construction - $2 million to $5 million - Vos Construction & Joinery Pty Ltd – Launceston Health Hub
Lifestyle for Seniors – Open Value – Fairbrother Construction – Queen Victoria Homes Independent Living Units
Renovation/Fitout – Under $1 million – Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd – St Lukes Health Launceston
Renovation/Fitout $1 million to $5 million – Fairbrother Construction – Lady Gowrie Tasmania, Hobart
Renovation/Fitout $5 million to $10 million: Fairbrother Construction – Royal Hobart Hospital – A & J Refurbishment
Renovation/Fitout over $10 million: Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd – Hobart Airport
Soil and Water Management – Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd for the Launceston Health Hub Project
Best Use of Glass – Vos Construction and Joinery Pty Ltd for the RACV/RACT Hobart Apartment Hotel
Work Health and Safety –Fairbrother Construction for the Lady Gowrie Tasmania Project, Hobart.
Commercial Builder of the Year – Fairbrother Construction